Developing new treatments for childhood cancers can be difficult because we need to find way to deal with cancer cells without damaging healthy cells. The ground-breaking field of immunotherapy is playing an increasingly important part in treatment, and Dr Kathleen’s remarkable work will focus on making antibodies that attach themselves to a protein that helps cancer cells grow.
This clinical studentship will enable Dr Kathleen to make antibodies that recognise and attach themselves to a protein that helps cancers grow. These antibodies will then attract immune cells which go to work on cancer cells.
Evaluation of B7H3 as a novel target for immunotherapy in childhood cancer
Institute of Child Health, University College London
London WC1N 1EH
17 October 2016
Our Little Translators, Sam and Ross, help to explain Dr Kathleen Birley’s research. Immunotherapy is becoming an increasingly important tool in the treatment of cancer, and some early success has been achieved in certain childhood cancers. It potentially offers increased effectiveness with fewer side effects.